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Xenia City Council is preparing to put a new 3 to 4 mill operating levy on November’s ballot. They're trying to avoid a $1 million deficit.

Xenia City Manager Brent Merriman says they need the money to compensate for state budget cuts and falling income tax revenue.

“We have been trying to consolidate services, trying to cut costs, trying to do whatever we can to minimize expenses," said Merriman. "But the reality is it’s not an expense problem. It’s not a spending problem.”

Jesse Mackey teaches NRA-certified gun safety courses out of his home in Xenia.
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Guns and gun owners have been back in the headlines following President Barack Obama's recent executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence. And locally, Greene County issued or renewed more than 500 concealed carry weapons licenses in the third quarter of 2015, while Montgomery County issued more than 1000.

One Bistro will continue operating its food truck in downtown Xenia as it continues renovations on its new location at 87 E. Main St.
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One Bistro is starting construction on its new storefront restaurant in downtown Xenia. The organization will move into one side of the Toward Independence building and share space.  

One Bistro has been providing meals and outreach services for the last three years from its initial location in Miamisburg.

Robert Adamson is the founder and executive chef for the group. He says One Bistro has been focused on helping people who might not know where their next meal is coming from.  

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In an effort to save costs under a shrinking military budget, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base announced earlier this year it would form partnerships with local governments, organizations and businesses.  

Now the base is moving forward with those plans: In Riverside Wednesday, Col. Cassie Barlow. Commander of the 88th Air Base Wing, announced that Wright-Patt and some of its new partners now had more concrete ideas to push forward. 

A prominent African-American Xenia resident was inducted into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame Thursday morning.

During the fifth-annual Civil Rights Hall of Fame ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse, Anison James Colbert expressed that the Hall of Fame honor was the best day of his life and told the crowd the motto he's trying to live by.

"Good better best - never let it rest until your good becomes better and your better becomes best," Colbert shared at the ceremony.

The Xenia Community School District may be facing more cuts if a levy on the ballot next week fails. The district is asking for a 5 year 4.8 mill emergency levy to help address a $3 million deficit.

In the last two years, the district has already cut 8.8 million dollars from their budget. Teachers and administrators have had pay freezes with no step increases and will pay higher insurance premiums. That's caused a controversy with the Xenia Educational  Support professionals Union, who represent bus drivers, custodians, food service workers and other staff.